Back on April 13th, 2016, CrossFit® Invictus posted a workout in tribute to the late Kobe Bryant’s retirement after his 20 years of dedication to the NBA on the Los Angeles Lakers team. Now the WOD stands as a tribute to the late sports hero of our generation, his career, and his beloved daughter GiGi. Originally, this WOD was dubbed the "Mamba WOD" and has since been updated with 13 burpees in remembrance of Kobe's daughter Gigi, who was only the age of 13 at the time of the accident.
"The NBA MVP who had a 20-year career with the Lakers, [who] was killed Sunday [January 26, 2020] when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames in the hills above Calabasas. His daughter Gianna, 13, was also on board and died along with three others." — @latimes
“MAMBA & GIGI” WOD Breakdown By CrossFit Invictus
The workout is made up of:
18 minutes (18 consecutive All-Star games)
5 muscle-ups (5 NBA championship rings w/ the Lakers)
8 power cleans (for the jersey #8)
24 box jumps (for the jersey #24)
13 burpees (for the age of Gigi, who was 13 at the time of her passing)
Kobe — The Hero’s Legacy That Spans Across Sports
Whether you’re an athlete, a fan, a politician, celebrity, or someone not even interested in sports, chances are you are affected by the death of such an iconic athletic icon who’s impact and fame transcended borders, cultures, and sports.
He was so much more than an athlete — he was a model human. For those of us in CrossFit®, he was a model mentor, someone we looked up to, modeling our work ethic, passion, and desire for success after. Not only that, but he was a legend off the court, as a model parent, father, and husband for his family.
Kobe Bryant was one of the most extraordinary humans in the history of sports, which is why our CrossFit® community is coming together to honor Kobe, his later daughter Gigi, and his legacy, in this Tribute WOD titled “MAMBA & GIGI”.
We hope that you join us in this commemoration at your box, home gym, or local affiliate, to celebrate the life lived and lost so tragically on Sunday, January 26th, 2020.
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